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Jersey asked to rescue cat attacked with acid

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JERSEY has been called upon to come to the rescue of a Greek cat called Apollo who suffered horrific injuries in an acid attack.

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In recent years more than 100 rescue cats have been relocated from Greece to Jersey, via the UK, thanks to the efforts of local cat lovers working with Oxfordshire-based Liz Grayston.

Tina Caldeira and Chris Jackson, of the Jersey’s Cat Community group, explained that they needed to raise money to pay for Apollo’s health care and relocation costs, with the hope that someone in Jersey would adopt him.

‘He has these horrible injuries and he is clearly in danger because someone in his neighbourhood wants him dead,’ said Ms Jackson.

‘The shelter over there got in contact with us about this. We saw him and thought Jersey needed to come to the rescue.’

Apollo’s medical costs are estimated at 245 euros per week and any excess donations towards the cause, which has a Justgiving page, will go towards the cost of relocating other rescue cats from Greece.

The appeal webpage says: ‘Apollo is a Greek cat who has been fed for some time by a kind Greek lady.

‘He was minding his own business when he was subjected to a cruel, vicious and pointless acid attack and is now suffering but safe at the vet’s.’

Ms Jackson is planning to establish a charity with the specific aim of helping to relocate rescue cats to Jersey, with the community bringing a number of endangered felines to the Island in recent years. She said: ‘Jersey is really good for looking after cats. We neuter a lot of animals, so don’t have lots of huge litters here and often look abroad for pets.

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‘Unfortunately in a lot of other places they don’t neuter and people can view cats as vermin because there are so many of them.

‘People are really shocked by what they do to cats elsewhere, things like poisoning and dumping them.

‘I don’t want to say any particular countries are bad, because there are good cat organisations everywhere. But in other places there can be people who don’t think of cats in the same way we do.’

Meanwhile, Ms Caldeira has applied for planning permission to convert two chalets in her garden into a shelter for foreign rescue cats.

Donations to help Apollo can be made at the justgiving.com website. More information can be found on the Jersey’s Cat Community Facebook page.

Ian Heath

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